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massachusetts charter school: a charter school is a public school that is managed by a board of trustees and operates independently of any school committee under a five-year charter granted by the board of elementary and secondary education. it has the freedom to organize around a core mission, curriculum, theme, and/or teaching method and to control its own budget and hire (and fire) teachers and staff. in return for this freedom, a charter school must attract students and produce positive results within five years or its charter will not be renewed. the first massachusetts charter schools opened in 1995. charter school types: there are two types of charter schools: commonwealth and horace mann. further, there are three types of horace mann charter schools each with a particular set of requirements for collective bargaining unit involvement. a horace mann \'i\' must have its charter application approved by the local school committee and the local teacher\'s union in addition to the board of elementary and secondary education while a horace mann \'ii\' is a conversion school approved by a majority of its faculty. horace mann \'iii\' charter school can be chartered without the approval of the local collective bargaining unit. all horace mann charter schools must operate under a memorandum of understanding with the district from which it resides. 2015-2016 operating status # operating commonwealth charter schools in 2015-2016: 71 operating horace mann i charter schools in 2015-2016: 4 operating horace mann ii charter schools in 2015-2016: 0 operating horace mann iii charter schools in 2015-2016: 6 total currently operating charter schools: 81 charters approved but not yet open: 1 total active charters granted by bese since 1994: 82 charters granted but closed or never opened since 1994: 24 total charters granted by bese since 1994: 106 total commonwealth charter schools counted toward cap of 72*: 54 historical accountability status # closed: pre-opening surrender 4 closed: post-opening surrender 9 closed: revocation 4 closed: non-renewal 2 charter returned due to merger 5 operating or planning: less than 5-years old 24 operating for at least 5 years, one renewal 8 operating for at least 10 years, two renewals 16 operating for at least 15 years, three renewals 20 operating for at least 20 years, four renewals 14 total charters granted by bese since 1994: 106 summary statistics # maximum enrollment allowed by currently authorized charters 48,994 # of students attending charter schools in 2014-2015 on oct. 1, 2014 37,402 # of unique students on charter school waiting lists for 2015-2016 as of march 2015. 44,876 % of 2014-2015 pk-12 public school population enrolled in charter schools 3.9% # of charter applications received since 1994 258 school type # elementary 5 elementary-middle 24 middle 5 middle-high 25 high 11 k-12 11 operating total 81 location type # boston 25 urban-not-boston 38 suburb 14 rural 4 operating total 81 school size at maximum # less than 100: 0 100-300: 15 301-500: 30 501-1000: 25 more than 1000: 11 operating total 81 regional # yes 29 no 52 operating total 81 2014-2015 demographics charter state first language not english 23.8% 18.5% limited english proficient 10.0% 8.5% special education 14.0% 17.1% economically disadvantaged 34.3% 26.3% african-american 29.1% 8.7% asian 4.8% 6.3% hispanic 28.8% 17.9% white 33.7% 63.7% native-american 0.3% 0.2% native hawaiian, pacific islander 0.1% 0.1% multi-race, non-hispanic 3.1% 3.1% males 48.3% 51% females 51.7% 49% educational management # operating with management organization 10 formerly operating with management organizatio 10 school year operating schools total enrollment as of oct 1 waitlist 1995-1996 15 2,613 not available 1996-1997 22 5,311 not available 1997-1998 24 6,607 not available 1998-1999 34 9,828 not available 1999-2000 39 12,440 not available 2000-2001 40 13,712 not available 2001-2002 42 14,381 not available 2002-2003 46 15,805 12,959 2003-2004 50 17,869 13,153 2004-2005 56 20,259 14,709 2005-2006 57 21,866 15,823 2006-2007 59 23,500 16,004 2007-2008 61 25,034 18,989 2008-2009 61 26,384 21,312 2009-2010 62 27,393 24,066 2010-2011 63 28,422 26,708 2011-2012 72 30,595 35,942 2012-2013 77 31,830 45,176 2013-2014 81 34,631 40,376 2014-2015 80 37,402 44,876 2015-2016* 81 41,802 37,470 *pre-enrollment and waitlist as of 3/16/15




LEA



Charter School



Type



Location



1/1/2016

Counts

Toward Charter Numeric Granted Cap


Year FY16 Opened Year of (Fall) Oper.


Last Charter Charter Renewal Expires


Year

Closed Regional EMO


Max Grade Span


Max. Enroll

#

0445

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School

C

Worcester

No Status

1998

Yes

1998

18

2013

2018

NA

Yes

Former

K-12

1426

0412

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School

C

Boston

No Status

1995

Yes

1997

19

2012

2017

NA

No

No

05-12

545

0430

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School

C

Marlborough

Conditions

2004

Yes

2005

11

2015

2020

NA

Yes

No

06-12

966

0409

Alma del Mar Charter School

C

New Bedford

No Status

2011

No

2011

5

0

2016

NA

No

No

K-08

360

3509

Argosy Collegiate Charter School

C

Fall River

No Status

2014

No

2014

2

0

2019

NA

No

No

6-12

644

0491

Atlantis Charter School

C

Fall River

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

No

K-12

1378

0427

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School

HM

Barnstable

Conditions

2004

Yes

2004

12

2014

2019

NA

NA

No

K-03

475

3502

Baystate Academy Charter Public School

C

Springfield

No Status

2012

No

2013

3

0

2018

NA

No

No

6-12

560

0420

Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

C

Cambridge

No Status

1995

Yes

1996

20

2011

2016

NA

No

No

K-06

350

0447

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

C

Franklin

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

Yes

No

K-08

900

3511

Bentley Academy Charter School

HM3

Salem

No Status

2015

Yes

2015

1

0

2020

NA

No

Yes

K-05

350

0414

Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School

C

Adams

No Status

2003

Yes

2004

12

2014

2019

NA

Yes

No

06-12

363

0449

Boston Collegiate Charter School

C

Boston

No Status

1998

Yes

1998

18

2013

2018

NA

No

No

05-12

665

0424

Boston Day and Evening Academy Charter School

HM

Boston

No Status

1998

Yes

1998

18

2013

2018

NA

NA

No

09-12

405

0411

Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter School

HM3

Boston

Probation

2011

Yes

2011

5

0

2016

NA

NA

No

6-12

595

0416

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School

C

Boston

No Status

2003

Yes

2004

12

2014

2019

NA

No

No

06-12

400

0481

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

C

Boston

Conditions

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

Former

PK-06

944

0417

Bridge Boston Charter School

C

Boston

No Status

2011

No

2011

5

0

2016

NA

No

No

PK-8

335

0457

Brooke Charter School East Boston

C

Boston

No Status

2011

No

2012

4

0

2017

NA

Yes

No

K-08

510

0443

Brooke Charter School Mattapan

C

Boston

No Status

2011

No

2011

5

0

2016

NA

No

No

K-08

510

0428

Brooke Charter School Roslindale

C

Boston

No Status

2001

Yes

2002

14

2012

2017

NA

No

No

K-08

510

0432

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School

C

Harwich

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

Yes

No

06-08

260

0418

Christa McAuliffe Charter School

C

Framingham

No Status

2001

Yes

2002

14

2012

2017

NA

Yes

No

06-08

396

0437

City on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street

C

Boston

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

Former

09-12

280

3504

City on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley Square

C

Boston

No Status

2013

No

2013

3

0

2018

NA

No

No

09-12

280

3507

City On A Hill Charter Public School New Bedford

C

New Bedford

No Status

2013

No

2014

2

0

2019

NA

No

No

09-12

280

0438

Codman Academy Charter Public School

C

Boston

No Status

2001

Yes

2001

15

2011

2016

NA

No

No

PK-12

345

0436

Community Charter School of Cambridge

C

Cambridge

Conditions

2004

Yes

2005

11

2015

2020

NA

No

No

06-12

360

0426

Community Day Charter Public School - Gateway

C

Lawrence

No Status

2011

No

2012

4

0

2017

NA

No

Yes

PK-08

400

0440

Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect

C

Lawrence

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

Yes

PK-08

400

0431

Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster

C

Lawrence

No Status

2011

No

2012

4

0

2017

NA

No

Yes

PK-08

400

0439

Conservatory Lab Charter School

C

Boston

No Status

1998

Yes

1999

17

2014

2019

NA

No

No

PK-08

444

0475

Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School

C

Boston

Probation

2008

Yes

2009

7

2014

2019

NA

No

No

04-08

238

0407

Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School

HM3

Boston

No Status

2012

Yes

2012

4

0

2017

NA

NA

No

PK-5

308

0452

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers: A Horace Mann Charter Public School

HM

Boston

No Status

1998

Yes

1998

18

2013

2018

NA

NA

No

09-12

448

0410

Excel Academy Charter School

C

Boston/Chelsea

No Status

2003

Yes

2003

13

2013

2018

NA

Yes

No

05-12

1344

0413

Four Rivers Charter Public School

C

Greenfield

No Status

2002

Yes

2003

13

2013

2018

NA

Yes

No

07-12

220

0446

Foxborough Regional Charter School

C

Foxborough

No Status

1998

Yes

1998

18

2013

2018

NA

Yes

Former

K-12

1300

0478

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

C

Devens

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

Yes

No

07-12

400

0496

Global Learning Charter Public School

C

New Bedford

Conditions

2006

Yes

2007

9

2012

2017

NA

No

No

05-12

500

0499

Hampden Charter School of Science

C

Chicopee

No Status

2008

Yes

2009

7

2014

2019

NA

Yes

No

06-12

560

0419

Helen Y Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School

C

Boston

No Status

2002

Yes

2003

13

2013

2018

NA

No

No

06-08

216

0455

Hill View Montessori Charter Public School

C

Haverhill

No Status

2003

Yes

2004

12

2014

2019

NA

No

No

K-08

306

0450

Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School

C

East Hampton

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

Yes

No

K-08

218

0453

Holyoke Community Charter School

C

Holyoke

No Status

2001

Yes

2005

11

2015

2020

NA

No

Yes

K-08

702

0435

Innovation Academy Charter School

C

Tyngsborough

No Status

1995

Yes

1996

20

2011

2016

NA

Yes

Former

05-12

800

0463

KIPP Academy Boston Charter School

C

Boston

No Status

2011

No

2012

4

0

2017

NA

No

No

K-08

588

0429

KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School

C

Lynn

No Status

2004

Yes

2004

12

2014

2019

NA

No

No

K-12

1586

0454

Lawrence Family Development Charter School

C

Lawrence

No Status

1995

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

No

PK-08

800

3503

Lowell Collegiate Charter School

C

Lowell

Conditions

2012

No

2013

3

0

2018

NA

No

Yes

K-12

1200

0456

Lowell Community Charter Public School

C

Lowell

No Status

1999

Yes

2000

16

2015

2020

NA

No

Former

PK-08

800

0458

Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

C

Lowell

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

No

09-12

150

0464

Marblehead Community Charter Public School

C

Marblehead

No Status

1994

Yes

1995

21

2015

2020

NA

No

No

04-08

230

0466

Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School

C

West Tisbury

No Status

1995

Yes

1996

20

2011

2016

NA

Yes

No

K-12

180

0492

Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence

C

Springfield

Probation

2005

Yes

2006

10

2011

2016

NA

No

No

K-05

360


demographic & attrition trends in massachusetts charter schools december 2015 the department performed a review of student subgroup enrollment from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015 to identify enrollment trends of charter schools in massachusetts statewide, boston, in gateway cities, and for the following comparison groupings: aggregate of total student enrollment for charter schools compared to the aggregate of total student enrollment for district(s) aggregate of new student enrollment for charter schools compared to the aggregate of total student enrollment for district(s) charter schools implemented recruitment and retention plans beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. new students are defined as students who were not enrolled at the same school the previous school year.

massachusetts charter schools: low income/economically disadvantaged* (li/ecodis) the percent of li/ecodis enrolled in massachusetts charter schools has remained above the statewide average enrollment. the enrollment of new students who are li/ecodis has also remained above the statewide average and increased at a slightly greater rate over time when compared to the total enrollment of li/ecodis at charter schools. *note: 2014-15 is the first year for which the category “economically disadvantaged” is being reported, replacing the “low income” category used in 2013-14 and earlier. it is important to understand that enrollment percentages for “economically disadvantaged” students cannot be directly compared to “low income” data in prior years. total students was 33.7 in 2011 and declined to 25.9 in 2015. boston charter schools: low income/economically disadvantaged* (li/ecodis) the percent of li/ecodis enrolled in boston charter schools has remained relatively comparable to the enrollment found at boston district schools. there is a slightly higher percent of enrollment of new students who are identified li/ecodis when compared to the total enrollment of li/ecodis at charter schools. *note: 2014-15 is the first year for which the category “economically disadvantaged” is being reported, replacing the “low income” category used in 2013-14 and earlier. it is important to understand that enrollment percentages for “economically disadvantaged” students cannot be directly compared to “low income” data in prior years. total student enrollment: 72.0 in 2011 declining to 44.9 in 2015. gateway city charter schools: low income/economically disadvantaged* (li/ecodis) the percent of li/ecodis enrolled at charter schools located in gateway cities has remained below the enrollment found at district schools located in gateway cities. while still below, but recently approaching, the enrollment found at district schools located in gateway cities, enrollment of new students who are identified li/ecodis has increased at a greater rate over time when compared to the total enrollment of li/ecodis at charter schools. *note: 2014-15 is the first year for which the category “economically disadvantaged” is being reported, replacing the “low income” category used in 2013-14 and earlier. it is important to understand that enrollment percentages for “economically disadvantaged” students cannot be directly compared to “low income” data in prior years. total students was 59.3 in 2011 and declined to 39.6 in 2015. new charter students was 56.1 in 2011 and declined to 42.8 in 2015. massachusetts charter schools: english language learners (ells) the percent of ells enrolled in massachusetts charter schools has steadily increased and now surpasses statewide average enrollment. the enrollment of new students who are ells has increased at a greater rate over time when compared to the total enrollment of ells at charter schools. total enrollment for ells in charter schools was 4.9 in 2011 and rose to 10.1 in 2015. boston charter schools: english language learners (ells) the percent of ells enrolled at boston charter schools has steadily increased and is approaching the enrollment found at boston district schools. again, the enrollment of new students who are ells at boston charter schools has increased at a greater rate over time when compared to the total enrollment of ells at charter schools. total ell enrollment in boston charters was 3.2 in 2011 and rose to 13.8 in 2015. new charter enrollment was 3.0 in 2011 and rose to 22.6 in 2015. gateway city charter schools: english language learners (ells) the percent of ells enrolled at charter schools located in gateway cities has steadily increased and is approaching the enrollment found at the district schools located in gateway cities. again, the enrollment of new students who are ells has increased at a greater rate over time when compared to the total enrollment of ells at charter schools. total student enrollment in gateway city charter schools: 2011 7.7 increasing to 12.1 in 2015 new charter enrollment was 8.7 in 2001, 9.2 in 2012, 16.9 in 2012, 14.9 in 2014 and 16 in 2015. massachusetts charter schools: students with disabilities (swds) the percent of swds enrolled at massachusetts charter schools has steadily increased and is approaching the statewide average enrollment. fewer new students are identified as swds when compared to the total enrollment of swds. total student enrollment for charter schools serving students with disabilities was 12.1 in 2011 and increasing to 14.0 in 2015 new student ernolllment was 9.6 in 2011, 12.1 in 2012, 10.9 in 2013, 11.3 in 2014 and 11.7 in 2015. boston charter schools: students with disabilities (swds) the percent of swds enrolled at boston charter schools has steadily increased and is approaching the enrollment found at boston district schools. generally fewer new students are identified as swds when compared to the total enrollment of swds. boston charter schools: students with disabilities was 12.9 in 2011, 15.1 in 2012, 14.8 in 2013, 15.6 in 2014 and 15.9 in 2015. new charter enrollment was 7.4 in 2011, 15.9 in 2012, 12.6 in 2013, 13.2 in 2014, 13.6 in 2015. gateway city charter schools: students with disabilities (swds) the percent of swds enrolled at charter schools located in gateway cities is approaching the enrollment found at district schools located in the gateway cities. fewer new students are identified as swds when compared to the total enrollment of swds. student with disabilities in gateway city charter schools: 11.7 in 2011, 12.4 in 2012, 12.7 in 2013, 12.9 in 2014, 13.0 in 2015. new charter enrollment: 9.8 in 2011, 10.3 in 2012, 9.6 in 2013, 9.3 in 2014, 10.2 in 2015 charter schools: total enrollment vs. new students students with disabilities – additional context the percentage of students with disabilities who are enrolled in charter schools has increased over time when aggregated statewide, in boston, and in the gateway cities. the department will continue to explore why the percentage of new students with disabilities identified in october sims is generally lower than the total number of students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools. the department has found the opposite to be true for the identification of ells. currently under review: a preliminary analysis of october vs. june enrollment rates indicates that aggregated charter schools (for both all students and new students) have higher percentages of swds identified in june who were not initially identified in october if compared to the same analysis of aggregated districts, particularly in younger entry grades. this may be due to a number of time-sensitive factors, including access to records from the child’s former school, and the processes used to identify students for special education services, particularly for pk and k entry grades. overview - attrition the department performed a review of weighted student attrition rates from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015 to identify attrition trends of charter schools in boston, in gateway cities, and in massachusetts overall for all students. weights were determined by student enrollment at each school. the weighted attrition rate for massachusetts charter schools has declined and has approached the statewide weighted attrition rate. starting at 8.2 in 2011 and declining to 7.5 in 2015. boston charter schools: weighted attrition rates for all students was 8.7 in 2011 to 9.3 in 2015 whereas the district schools were 14.1 in 2011 and 14.2 in 2015. the weighted attrition rate of charter schools located in gateway cities has remained lower than the weighted attrition rate of gateway city district schools and has declined over time. starting with 7.7 in 2011 declining to 6.2 in 2015.

1 See, for example, http://seii.mit.edu/research/school-reform/, http://credo.stanford.edu/research-reports.html, and http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/cohodes/files/informingthedebate_final.pdf.

2 http://seii.mit.edu/research/study/charter-school-demand-and-effectiveness-a-boston-update/

3 http://seii.mit.edu/research/study/special-education-and-english-language-learner-students-in-boston-charter-schools-impact-and-classification/

4 Much of the overview information is a drawn directly from the Massachusetts charter school statute, G.L. c. 71, § 89, and Massachusetts charter school regulations, 603 CMR 1.00. The Department is grateful to the Office of the Attorney General, which summarized much of this information in the Memorandum of Law in Support of Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, Civil Action No. 15-2788-F, Doe v. Peyser (Mass. Super. filed Sept. 15, 2015).

5 See G.L. c. 71, § 89(b).

6 St. 1993, c. 71, § 55.

7 St. 1997, c. 46, § 2 and § 6. However, the tuition cap for any district that transferred 5% or more of its net school spending in fiscal year 1997 was the actual percent of net school spending transferred plus an additional 3%.

8 St. 2000, c. 227, § 2.

9 There have never been any applications for Horace Mann II charter schools.

10 http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/factsheet.xlsx .

11 See the Department memorandum entitled 2015-2016 Charter Application Process at http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=18989.

12 The relevant portions of the law and regulations can be found in G.L. c. 71, § 89(e) and 603 C.M.R. §1.05.

13 These students represent roughly 1% of public school enrollment in Massachusetts.

14 http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/advisories/2014-5ta.html

15 See 603 CMR 1.05.

16 To avoid changing the rules for parents already assigned a waitlist number, a “grandfathering” clause was included in 603 CMR 1.05(10)(a) so that a charter school may choose to maintain any waitlists that were established prior to March 31, 2014 until such waitlists are exhausted, provided that such maintenance is clearly articulated in the school's enrollment policy approved by the Department.

17 http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/finance/chart/

18 http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/fy2015/2015-06/item15.html

19 During the past two years, all charter schools that were granted significant expansion amendments made strong commitments to open access through proposed enrollment growth plans and policies that included backfill commitments that exceed statutory requirements and/or plans for new student entry in upper grades.

20 Due in part to this project and other work in partnership with the Department, MCPSA was recently awarded a national leadership activities grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award provides $2 million to create the Massachusetts Charter School Collaborative Access Network, the first statewide effort of its kind in the nation, to enhance charter school capacity to serve students with disabilities and English language learners.

21 For example, in Boston, exam schools have academic performance admissions requirements.

22 See the Department’s Choosing a School: A Parent's Guide to Educational Choices in Massachusetts at http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice_guide.html


23 http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/finance/chart/

24 The midpoint value of all comparison schools. This is derived using Microsoft Excel's MEDIAN function.

25 The first quartile is the middle number between the smallest number and the median of all comparison schools. This is derived using

Microsoft Excel's QUARTILE function.



26 The comparison index provides a comparison figure derived from data of students who reside within the charter school’s sending district(s). The comparison index is a statistically calculated value designed to produce a fairer and more realistic comparison measure that takes into account the charter school’s size and the actual prevalence of student subgroups within only those grade levels in common with the charter school.

27 *2014-2015 is the first year for which the category “Economically Disadvantaged” is being reported, replacing the “Low-income,” “Free Lunch” and “Reduced Lunch” categories used in 2013-2014 and earlier. It is important for users of this data to understand that enrollment percentages and achievement data for "economically disadvantaged" students cannot be directly compared to "Low-income" data in prior years. Please see http://www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/data/ed.html for important information about the new “Economically Disadvantaged” category. For this reason, the Department is unable to calculate a Gap Narrowing Target for this indicator due to the lack of baseline data based on the new Economically Disadvantaged metric. The Department will consider calculating the GNT for this metric beginning in 2016, once new baseline data is available.


28 http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/factsheet.xlsx

29 In 2010, rates of special education identification varied substantially cross Massachusetts school districts, ranging from 9 percent to 29 percent. See Review of Special Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: A Synthesis Report (August 2014) at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/2014/synthesis.pdf.

30 Gateway Cities are 26 mid-sized urban centers experiencing social and economic challenges evidenced by median household income levels below the state average, and a rate of educational attainment of a bachelor’s degree below the state average (MGL Chapter 23A Section 3A). Only Gateway Cities in which a charter school is located are included in the comparison district data set, which include: Barnstable, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Worcester

31 Charter schools began implementing recruitment and retention plans in the 2011-2012 school year.

32 The Department is in the process of updating this analysis to include 2015-2016.

33 New Students are defined as students who were not enrolled at the same school the previous school year.

34 A recent report by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees entitled Who Is Being Served (http://www.masc.org/images/news/2015/20151013_MASC_Charter-Schools_Who-Is-Being-Served_opt.pdf) accurately notes that magnitude of the growth in the proportion of English language learners in Boston can be partially attributed to the efforts of Match Public Charter School, which opened an elementary campus in the fall of 2011 with a specific mission to serve English language learners, highlighting the level of variability of subgroup proportions at different schools within a city as noted earlier.


35 The attrition rate represents the percentage of students who were enrolled at the end of one school year and did not remain in the same school in the following fall. Students in the school’s highest grade are not included in the calculation. The Department also calculates “with-in” year mobility rates—Intake (Transfer-in) Rate; Churn Rate; and Stability Rate—and is in the process of incorporating this data into CHART and future analyses.

36 http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/finance/chart/

37 School-level attrition rates were averaged, weighted by the number of students enrolled at the school. District-level attrition rates do not provide the appropriate comparison because they do not capture mobility between schools within the same district, which occurs frequently in urban districts.

38 G.L. c. 71, § 89(n).

39 603 CMR 1.05(10)(c).

40 See http://www.mass.gov/auditor/docs/audits/2014/201351533c.pdf.

41 The slight difference is due to the Auditor using slightly different rules to determine if two student records constitute a match.

42 Updated waitlists from the fall reporting cycle, reflecting late offers of admission as seats open up over the summer and fall, will be available in winter 2016.
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